Legend of the fall

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

It was a spectacular fall.

But Marie-France Dubreuil isn't letting the memory of it stop her from getting back on the ice.

"Of course, I'm holding on tighter (during lifts)," she said, chuckling. "But I have confidence in our ability to do lifts.

"It's been the thing we've doing the best for years. It's almost ironic it happened to us in a lift."

Just a month ago, Dubreuil and her ice-dance partner, Patrice Lauzon, had the most impact on a day of falls during the free dance at the Turin Winter Olympics.

The couple had done this rotational lift hundreds of times and had never fallen. But Dubreuil felt her fingers straining as she rotated with her arms extended behind her and her hands grasping Lauzon's arms. Her hands let go and she plummeted to the ice, landing on her right hip.

The deep bone bruise forced the couple to withdraw from Olympic competition, especially hurtful after being so close to a podium finish. They were fourth after the compulsory dance but dropped to sixth after the original dance.

"Not doing the free dance was the hardest thing, to quit like that and not be able to finish a competition," said Dubreuil from Lyon, France, during a conference call to preview the world figure skating championships which start Monday at the Saddledome.

"It was the first time in my life I had to do something like that. I've been waiting for the chance to get back on the ice. We had an awesome season and we did not want to finish it like this."

The three-time national champions stayed off the ice for two weeks after Olympics.

They have taken the lift out of the original dance, a Latin combination set to Ne me quitte pas.

Dubreuil and Lauzon also intimated at the Canadian championships in January the worlds would be their swan song. They still won't confirm it, though.

"We'll wait until after our free dance in Calgary to announce whether we want to keep going," said Dubreuil.

"We're taking every step -- as if it would be our last. That way, we'll have much more charge, power and emotion in it."


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